Research Concentrations and Groups

The strong research credentials of our staff are a distinguishing feature of the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy.

Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety
(APC-WHS) conducts high quality research to elucidate and promote well-being, quality of life and effective functioning in individuals and organisations in the community. Our research concentrates on psychosocial risks and psychosocial safety at work, stress, bullying and harassment, and social exclusion from work. To stay at the cutting edge we collaborate with the world’s best researchers to produce the finest outputs.

The Centre is a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health ensuring that the research of the centre will be aligned with the WHO Global Action Plan with clear translation potential for workplaces in the region.

The Centre is also the foundation member of the Asia Pacific Academy for Psychosocial Factors at Work.



Behaviour-Brain-Body Research Centre (BBB) brings together expertise in sleep, nutrition, and activity, and their combined impact on chronic illness. Behavioural risk factors (including inadequate sleep, poor diet, and lack of exercise) are significant contributors to healthy functioning. Our researchers work on projects that span from behavioural predictors and interventions to improve fetal health, through school and the working career, to late life.

The BBB is proud to house the following research laboratories:

Cognitive Ageing and Impairment Neurosciences

Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory


Centre for Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience (CCSN)

CCSN's mission is to understand the neurobiological basis of human cognition across the lifespan. Our research is focused particularly on language, but also encompasses broader areas of cognitive neuroscience.





Centre for Social Change is a newly formed Centre building upon many years of ongoing research undertaken in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy at the University of South Australia.  The Centre’s strengths are in the fields of social work, sociology, gender studies, social policy, politics and social psychology. CSC researchers use a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods to examine social issues occurring in South Australia, Australia and globally. Our central aims are to critically examine social issues and understand processes of social change working in collaboration with communities to use our research to transform social inequalities and work towards socially just societies.




Conservation Psychology and Applied Animal Behaviour Research Group primarily focuses on behaviour and cognition of animals, applying principles of psychology to enhance psychological wellbeing or ‘quality of life’ and ensure maintenance of behavioural diversity through enrichment (food enrichment, non-food enrichment, touch screens) and to further our understanding of problem-solving abilities in non-human animals.


We also offer high level consultancy services.



Areas of study and research

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